Archives for April 2015

Mr. Forrest Wins District Teacher of the Year

20150428_124708By Amber McGee

Courier Staff Reporter 

Mr. Forrest has been picked as this year’s Teacher of the District. Unlike Teacher of the Year the recipients of this award are nominated and chosen by various members of the school administration, not the students.

With this award Forrest will now move on to compete with other teachers for Teacher of the County. Winning that award would then mean he becomes nominated for Teacher of the State and so on.

When asked how he felt about the award Forrest replied, “I feel very honored to have been selected by my fellow teachers.”

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In Loving Memory of the Film Unfriended

By Leilani Neal

Feature Film Columnist 

It wouldn’t take many to tell you that being unfriended or “unfollowed”, as we say now, is not a nice thing. In fact, it’s a feeling that most would never want to feel in their lives. But in the case of, Laura Barnes, even the dead don’t want to feel that horrible rejection.

Throughout the film of, Unfriended, it was hard to find the point of the story. Aside from the fact that cyber-bullying is bad, the only thing that the film was doing to its audience, was not educational, but boring. Giving the fact that this film didn’t live up to its super scary “cyber-bullying is bad and will cause the person you bullied will come and kill you and all your friends” deal that it promised, it was still a pretty stupid movie. but let’s not judge too hastily before making a complete judgement on the film. Let’s dtart off by saying that the film teaches the audience something about cyber-bullying and that betraying your friend can possibly cause you your life. But aside from that fact, the film never really shows the story of how cyber-bullying can cause such terrible things to happen. Hollywood just wanted to make more money by showing “what if this happened after you bullied someone you knew” and though that’s fine, it still never did the one thing movies are meant for, entertain. Unfriended failed to entertain. Not only did it fail to entertain, but it didn’t even live up to its name, literally.

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White Cat Merely Meets Expectations

By Amber McGee

Weekly Reader Columnist 

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Curse Workers can change another person’s emotions, dreams, memories, or shapes with a simple touch. They can also kill you with a single touch. Cassel comes from a family full of Workers, but unlike them he doesn’t have the gift. With a brother working for one of the biggest organized crime families and a mother in jail, one would think that Cassel is geared for a life of trouble. They’re right.

Three years ago Lila Zacharov, daughter of the Zacharov family boss, disappeared. No one except Cassel knows the truth–Lila, his best friend and first love, died by his hand.

Or is she? Memories of that day are fuzzy at best, and though the eternal question of “Why?” haunts Cassel everyday he’s finally begun to move on. That is, until he wakes up one night hanging from the roof of his school complex in his underwear.

It all sounds very dramatic, and with single sentence paragraphs littering the book, it does really seem dramatic. When you’re reading from the perspective of a teenage boy who killed his best friend and is now struggling to retain his “normal” image it makes sense that it’d be dramatic. What brings White Cat down, in my opinion, is not the obvious attempt at having an edgy, cool, and jaded main character. What brings it down is that for all that makes sense in the setting, there’s a large part of the plot that doesn’t.

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Weekly Reader : The Golem and the Jinni

By Amber McGee

Courier Staff Columnist

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So a woman made of clay and a man made of fire walk into a bar.

Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? Actually, just replace ‘a bar’ with ‘New York’ and you’ve got the premise of The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker.

Chava is a masterless Golem, Ahmad is a Jinni released from his lamp after hundreds of years, and the city of New York is their playground. With the help of a rabbi and a tinsmith these two supernatural creatures attempt to blend in with their human neighbors. In this new world the two must learn to go against their own natures, because for them, discovery means death.

For the first ¾ of the book readers will get to experience the mundane, everyday lives of Chava and Ahmad as they try to adjust to their new environments. They will also be able to experience the mundane, everyday lives of those Chava and Ahmad cross paths with. Every now and then something amusing or interesting will happen, like Ahmad getting so bored one day he decides to go visit the daughter of a rich New York businessman.

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Day of Silence

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Courier Staff Reporter

On Friday, April 17, 2015, GSA (Gay Straight Alliance)  will be hosting the Day of Silence at James Logan High.

Day of Silence raises awareness to those of LGBT community who have been silenced because of who they are and who they are supposed to be. GSA will be passing out signs throughout the week. (more…)

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How Was Your Spring Break?

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Courier Staff Writer

Sadly, spring Break is over. This mean no more sleeping in, slacking on homework, or staying up late. Once that bell rang Monday, at 8:13, everyone had to come back to reality. I hope it lasted as long as it could, and I also hope your teachers weren’t too harsh on you, the very first day back. But don’t get lazy yet, we’re almost done with this school year. You can always check the countdown on the school website. For right now, just reminisce your break. It may have been busy, or really lay back. I went around and asked a couple of Logan students how there’s went. Maybe you can relate, or just wish you were them.

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James Logan High Color Run Is Not One To Miss

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James Logan High School will be hosting a Color Run to support a cause in the month of May. There is not a specific date but it is told to be on a Friday night. The theme is glow in the dark, so it is recommended to wear white top to bottom.Color Runs are owned by a for-profit company that has no winners or prizes. It’s use is to bring communities together, promoting healthiness and happiness amongst each other.

The purpose for Logan students participating in color run is to experience a fun and joyous occasion with their peers and to fill a sense of muse within each other. Students are to run and on goers will have the opportunity to throw various bright neon colors on them . No information has been set out as to where it will be held.

The origin for color run may have derived from the Asian Indian holiday known as ‘Holi’, where individuals throw bright neon colors contrasting from blue, green, purple, yellow, red, practically all colors of the rainbow. James Logan however, will be providing participants with glow and the dark power to throw on each other. Think of the experience like coachella except you’re having glow and the dark powder thrown onto you.  There will also be an after party every student is welcomed to join. Come support a cause and practice a healthy lifestyle along side friends and family.

Running can eliminate depression and has many other benefits. For instance, you can lose weight, relieve stress, limit chances of disease, and boost confidence.  According to Teen Help, 20% of students will be diagnosed with depression before they reach adulthood.We will update when we have further information on the event. Sign ups will be distributed the week after spring break, located in leadership in room 67, ask Ms. Walton or former senior student Angelique Bonilla for more information. Hope to see you there!

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Logan Hosts KnoxPro Wrestling Once Again

unnamed (26)By Leilani Neal

Courier Staff Reporter

KnoxPro Wrestling  is again approaching Logan’s doorstep.  After an epic success last year James Logan counselor and coach Jaime Huertas decided that a second year of the great event was needed. This family fun event is meant to help raise money for the Ballad Folkorico team with their big event that they host every May.  “Our end of the year event cost thousands of dollars to put on… This fundraiser will help us put it on…” says Jamie Huertas.

Plans for this event is to be even more successful than it was last year. “I’m super excited,” says Joshua Turner, eighth grader at Cesar Chavez Middle School. “I heard a lot of my friends talk about it last year,  and I really want to see it too.” And he’s not the only one that feels that way, James Logan students, parents, faculty are all excited are ready to see their favorite WWE superstars from their childhood.

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Weekly Reader: Magic Under Glass

By Amber McGee

Weekly Reader Columnist 

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Seeing how social attitudes change over the years is one of the most fascinating things. For example, during middle school it was extremely uncool for someone to have a toy that they still played with, still cherished. Now in high school there are days dedicated to bringing your favorite toy to school. Yet even with this 180 change in feelings there’s still one understood rule: loving your toy isn’t weird. However, if you fall in love with your toy and start to believe it’s a sentient being that needs to be freed from it’s plastic, wooden, or furry prison, then yeah, that’s pretty weird. Don’t do that.

This may sound like common sense to most but there’s always those select few who just never seem to have gotten the memo. Or they, like Nimira, heroine of Magic Under Glass, did get the memo, but decided to rip it up and do things their way.

Granted, Nimira hasn’t had many friends in her life. After leaving her country to find work she ends up in a dance hall, where with two other girls she dances and sings for pennies each day. It’s not the life she envisioned for herself, so when young, rich, and single Mr. Hollins offers her a job to sing with his automaton she’s eager to accept. So what if numerous other girls have run away from the job screaming that the automaton is haunted? Nimira is set on making the most out of her second chance, refusing to believe in any rumors or superstitions anyone else may have. On her very first day of practice she feels confident of herself–everything will be alright, everything will be great. Then no sooner than five seconds after he is wound up, the automaton speaks to her.

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